The Holocaust in Israeli cinema as a conflict between survival and morality

Ilan Avisar*

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The global discourse on the linkage between the Holocaust and Israel is subject to intense political debates regarding the implications of the connection between the Holocaust and Israel. The spectrum of the political views ranges from support for the Jewish state because of the massive suffering of the genocide to Holocaust denials and open calls for a new Holocaust against the Jewish state. The conflicting political views suggest either historical closure or a historical cycle. Historical closure is suggested by the assertion about Jewish statehood arising out of the ashes of Auschwitz; a historical cycle underlies the observation that the Jews continue to face threats of annihilation in their own state; another sinister cycle is perpetrated by Israel's detractors with the claim that the victims of the past have become new Nazi victimizers.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIsraeli Cinema
Subtitle of host publicationIdentities in Motion
PublisherUniversity of Texas Press
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9780292735606
ISBN (Print)9780292725607
StatePublished - 2011


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